Auckland Regional Vascular Services
What is Vascular Surgery?
Vascular surgery is a specialty of surgery that involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the vessels (arteries and veins) of the vascular system.
Vascular disorders include blockages and narrowings of the blood vessels, abnormal swellings of the vessels (aneurysm) or vessel malfunctions. The disease processes involved in vascular disorders often involve other body systems and your treatment may therefore require the combined efforts of other medical specialists such as radiologists and general physicians.
The Auckland Regional Vascular Service catchment area extends from Central Auckland to Cape Reinga. The aim of our service is to provide you with the highest possible care.
If you have an urgent problem requiring immediate vascular assessment, your GP will refer you acutely to the Vascular Service where you will initially be seen at Auckland City Hospital Emergency Department by a Vascular Registrar who will decide whether you need to be admitted to hospital. Investigations will be performed as required, and the more senior members of the team involved where necessary. Other acute/urgent referrals may be seen in the next vascular outpatient clinic.
If the problem is not urgent, the GP will write a referral to the Vascular Service requesting an appointment in the outpatient clinic. One of the vascular consultants reviews these referrals to determine the priority.
When you come to the Vascular Outpatient Department you will be seen by a member of the Vascular Services Team who will ask questions about your illness and examine you to determine or confirm the diagnosis. This process may also require a number of tests (e.g. blood tests, x-rays, scans etc). Sometimes this can all be done during one clinic visit, but for some conditions this will take several follow-up appointments. Occasionally some tests are arranged even before you are seen at the hospital to try speed up the process.
Once a diagnosis has been made, the medical staff will discuss treatment options with you. They will write to your GP with advice and may or may not arrange for you to attend a follow-up clinic.
Procedures / Treatments
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
This is the dilatation or ballooning of a section of the aorta which is the main artery coming out and away from the heart. An aneurysm usually occurs because of an underlying weakness in the wall of the aorta at that point.… More
Carotid Artery Disease
You have two carotid arteries, one on either side of your neck, that supply blood to your brain. Carotid artery disease occurs if these arteries become narrowed due to atherosclerosis (a build up of fat and cholesterol deposits on the inner walls of the vessels). If a clot forms in… More
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral arterial disease refers to the narrowing of arteries outside the heart and brain, usually as the result of atherosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries" (a build up of fatty deposits on the inner wall of arteries). When the arteries become narrowed, the flow of blood to the target organs… More
Vascular (blood vessel) disorders treated by vascular surgery include varicose veins. This occurs when veins in the legs and thighs become enlarged and twisted. This is often caused by the failure of the one-way valve system in the veins, in which case it can be treated surgically by removing the… More
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This page was last updated at 2:55PM on December 14, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland Regional Vascular Services.